USA Strategies to Asia: An Analysis From Realist Perspective

Keywords: Southeast Asia, Asia Pacific forum on economic cooperation, US foreign Policy, North Korea, Indo- Pacific Region


Southeast Asia derives its strategic importance mainly from its location at the intersections of the
development of military force, technologically advanced and industrialized countries in northeast Asia to the north,
the oil-rich Middle East and Indian subcontinent to the east and Australia to the south. It is also an area with vast
untapped valuable resources and intersection of the highest trade and commerce routes of the globe. The U.S has
established a strong position in Southeast Asia since the end of World War II, that has given much peace. The
substantial investment and infrastructure advancement culminated in an accelerated post-war recuperation of the
ravaged area that also aided China (now the Financial Gigantic of the Globe) towards rapid economic growth.
During most of the Cold War and in the Vietnam War Southeast Asia resounded. United States changed its emphasis
from defense to economic matters in Southeast Asia after the end of the Cold War. Market entry' and' market
expansion' became the main phrases of US foreign policy for this area, that centered on the Asia-Pacific Forum on
Economic Cooperation. Upon assuming office, President Trump reiterated his promises and policy positions for
greater emphasis and involvement in the Asia-Pacific region by rewriting it as an Indo-Pacific region to tackle North
Korea's imminent threat and ensuring friends of unstinting American commitment for continuing involvement in the
region. This is an academic discussion; thus opinions expressed in this work are the views of the researcher himself.